Wrist sprains occur when the ligaments of the wrist are stretched beyond their normal limits. Wrist sprains are graded according to the severity of the injury: Grade I: Mild injury, the ligaments are stretched, but no significant tearing has occurred. Grade II: Moderate injury, the ligaments may be partially torn. Grade III: Severe wrist sprain, the ligaments are completely torn, and there may be instability of the joint. Some common symptoms of a wrist sprain include: Pain with movement of the wrist Swelling around the wrist joint Bruising or discoloration of the skin Burning or tingling sensations around the wrist The diagnosis of a wrist sprain is made by knowing how the injury occurred, and looking at the physical examination findings. There are other wrist problems that can have similar symptoms to a sprain, including wrist tendonitis and a wrist fracture or scaphoid fracture. To ensure that there are not broken bones around the joint, medical imaging using X-Rays and in some cases a MRI can be helpful. This may be done if the diagnosis is unclear or if the symptoms do not resolve as expected. KT Tape provides both support and a mechanical assist to the damaged ligaments reducing pain while enabling greater range of movement during the recovery process. KT Tape is an appropriate treatment for grade I and grade II sprains and late recovery stages of grade III sprains. Buy KT Tape at: http://www.theratape.com/brand/kt-tape.html
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The wrist is made up of eight small bones (carpals) that support a narrow passage called the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel, supported by a ligament, carries through it the tendons that control the motions of the hand and fingers as well as the nerve that causes such great pain in the condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. The wrist primarily is designed to provide range of motion and versatility, but is built in a way to provide stability as well. Sprains can range from mild to severe, and are graded according to the amount of damage to the ligament. A sprain by definition is damage only to the ligaments when they are stretched beyond normal range, and not to the bone. In some cases bone may be torn away resulting in what is called an avulsion sprain. Grade I: ligaments are stretched but not torn, and mild to moderate pain exists Grade II: partial tears of the ligaments exist and range of motion is decreased; pain is generally moderate and discoloration is present Grade III: complete tears of the ligaments exist that require immediate medical intervention; pain is generally severe and discoloration is certainly present Wrist sprains or instability can be caused by many factors. Overuse activities such as typing, cutting hair, or racquet sports can cause inflammation of the carpal tunnel and the resultant pain. Trauma such as falling on an outstretched hand can tear or even rupture ligaments that hold everything together. The blunt force during this type of trauma can also cause fractures and bruising that make it very difficult to move the wrist. Other modes of injury include being pushed into something, extreme twisting of the wrist, or mis-hitting something with only a portion of the fist. Contact sports, recreational downhill activities, and occupations at heights create situations common to wrist sprains. Pain ranges from mild to severe based on the grade of sprain and the damage done to the ligaments and bones. The pain is recreated with almost any movement of the wrist, especially extension. Swelling, discoloration, and radiating pain into the arm and hand are common symptoms. Often times the wrist will be warm to the touch as well. KT Tape is appropriate for Grade I and II sprains, and Grade III sprains after seeking medical attention. KT Tape provides stability through proprioceptive feedback and mechanical support. Additionally, KT Tape is very comfortable and allows for slight healthy range of motion in order to speed the healing process. Other treatments include rest, ice, NSAIDs, and in very severe cases surgery. It is very important to get an accurate diagnosis is moderate to severe cases in order to avoid complications in the future. Treatment This KT Tape application will take pressure off of the wrist and help to facilitate normal movement and decrease inflammation. As a result of the decreased inflammation and support, pain will quickly be decreased -- if not eliminated. For additional resources, please visit the KT Tape website at www.kttape.com.
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Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused when there is pressure in the carpal tunnel (a space in the wrist) that compresses the median nerve, causing the nerve to function improperly. Because the carpal tunnel is surrounded by bone on one side, and an inflexible ligament on the other, if pressure builds, the nerve has nowhere to go and becomes pinched. When carpal tunnel syndrome occurs, the normal functions of muscle control and sensory communications in the hand are impaired. Problems that can occur in carpal tunnel syndrome include: Pain Numbness Tingling Weakness The KT Tape application as described below can help stabilize the carpel tunnel aiding in the normal function of the medina nerve. If KT tape does not bring relief, heavier bracing may be suitable. If neither of these bring relief, seek professional medical attention where additional measures can be taken including physical therapy, injections or surgery. Buy KT Tape at: http://www.theratape.com/brand/kt-tape.html